People often ask me for advice on how to choose the right window dressing. My reply usually varies according to their personal preferences and needs, and I would usually start with “What are your personal preferred styles and colours then?” Just like buying a new dress, style and colour are very personal choices as everyone defines their own preference and taste differently. A professional window dresser shouldn’t exert too much personal influence, but should try to discover and respect you what you really want. You may like window dressing very much, but remember that curtains and blinds often play a secondary role in the entire home interior decoration. They must work well with the interior design theme, flooring, wall colours, furniture and some of the major, prominent decorative objects. An inappropriate window dressing can throw off the entire decorating scheme. For example, traditional style curtains with swags and tails would definitely look odd and weird in a modern chrome-and-leather setting. A good window dressing should co-ordinate with all the home décor elements in order to bring out the design concept and enrich the ambiance as a whole.
Keep these two rules in mind:
- Select the fabrics and designs that match well with the main colour and the theme of the interiors. If your home has a traditional theme, the fabrics and curtain style should look equally classical. Textures and plain fabrics are often used to make curtains and furnishing items for modern and contemporary interiors. Floral prints, checks and stripe are more suitable for a country look concept. Damask and classic motifs are used for classical interior settings.
- The colour and style of the curtains should complement and harmonize with the interiors of the room. For instance, roller blinds in textural finish and plain colour are suitable to decorate a study area. For a romantic bedroom, sheer balloon shade with small floral prints would set the right mood.
Other important things to remember:
- Architecture and types of the window: Size, type, shape and position to sunlight.
- The functions of the room: What is your room used for? The purpose of the room will determine what sort of window dressing is needed. As an example, a bathroom and a nursery room have their own functions, hence the window dressing would be different.
- The functions of the window dressing— Ask yourself how you want the window dressing to look and function. The choice of curtains for living room and bedroom will be different when you think of light control and privacy protection. The living room requires less light control and privacy while the bedroom calls for maximum privacy protection and light control.
- Budget— Ask yourself how much you are willing to spend on window dressing. That usually is also a big factor when choosing window dressing.
At the end of the day, what is most important is how you want your room to look and feel. Don’t restrict yourself too much on a budget because a well-designed, well-made window dressing will go a long way, as it immediately adds character to your living space and makes a statement about who you are. For more ideas of what window dressings suit you, browse through our vast catalogue here.